International & European Law

Vesalius College is closely monitoring the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community. Please note that since the start of the lockdown in March, Vesalius College lectures have taken place online for all programmes.
In the light of the current situation, we decided to move our Bachelor programmes online for the entire first semester of the upcoming 2020-21 academic year, until January 2021. We have taken this measure to accommodate prospective BA students who may be unable to travel to Belgium or get a travel visa in time. If allowed, VeCo will complement this measure by a higher number of events, such as guest lectures, that could then be attended either physically or online, to ensure students based in Belgium are still offered opportunities to meet each other, and to benefit from the College’s unique location in Brussels.
We realise that teaching is one of Vesalius’s great strengths and that this decision may be inconvenient to many of you, but we must recognise that Covid-19 presents a very serious threat to the health and well-being of all.
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Last updated 15 September 2020

The English-taught BA in International and European Law (180 ECTS) provides the knowledge, skills and foundation needed for a law-oriented international career. Students develop an understanding of legal systems around the world and how they interact, as well as the international system, the European integration process, and European and international law-making. In addition, students will gain an understanding of legal theories and processes in order to provide legal and policy analysis. The flexible curriculum includes a lot of writing assignments, allowing them to hone their legal writing skills.

This programme stands out from other BA Law programmes taught at traditional law schools. Rather than receiving a typical training to become a lawyer at the Bar, students in this BA programme benefit from a more versatile approach to the curriculum, addressing legal issues from a more international and interdisciplinary perspective. Our law students work together on common projects with students who opted for another major, for example international affairs, allowing them to look at issues from different angles – a great asset in any corporate or public sector career.

Students can choose from a variety of prestigious internships in the Brussels area where they can apply legal concepts and tools in a practical international working environment. Prior to entering the workforce, graduates can pursue studies in a range of Master’s programmes in various fields (business, competition law, European integration, European law, environmental law, global banking & finance, human rights, international law, IP & information law, journalism, etc.). Graduates will be prepared for careers in the public sector, international organisations, diplomacy, public affairs, lobby organisations, NGOs, think tanks, international businesses, banks and consultancies. Entry into traditional legal graduate programmes is not guaranteed upon completion of the programme, as such entry depends on national requirements.

This programme was established in 2016.

The Brussels School of Governance is an alliance between the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Vesalius College. This BA in International and European Law is a programme of which the degree will be awarded by Vesalius College.

Key Features

  • Unique international and interdisciplinary ‘business focused’ approach to law
  • Flexible curriculum with plenty of writing assignments and presentations
  • Prestigious internship opportunities
  • Small, interactive classes with practical focus (incl. Capstone project)
  • Brings together students and faculty of truly versatile international backgrounds
  • Fall & Spring intakes
  • Supported by the extensive expertise of our Office for Teaching, Learning and Innovation to accommodate sophisticated blended teaching methods
  • Individual career advice sessions offered to students throughout their academic experience and beyond